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ABOVE: Fortunately, the official public toilets are nothing like this old port workers' lavatory near the San Basilio cruise pier.

Locations of public toilets

Venice's public WCs are normally open during the day and early evening; hours vary with the day and season. See the city of Venice's official lavatory list, which also identifies handicapped-accessible facilities.

Some of the toilets can be hard to find unless you're familiar with the city, so try these first:

  • Calle Large dell' Ascensione, which is just beyond the narrow end of the Piazza San Marco. Go through the archway from the square, turn right, and look for the WCs (which are down a short alley off the left side of the pedestrian street.)

  • Giardini ex reali San Marco. This lavatory is on the waterfront, next to the tourist office by the small park just to the west of the Doge's Palace and the Piazzetta.

  • Accademia, at the foot of the Accademia Bridge on the Dorsuduro side of the Grand Canal (near the Accademia vaporetto stop).

  • Santa Lucia Railroad Station. See the toilets page of our station article for directions and a photo. (Biffy bargain alert: When we last checked in November, 2012, the station was charging 80 cents to use its WCs, compared to €1,50 at the city's public toilets.)

  • Piazzale Roma, where airport buses and municipal buses arrive in Venice.

  • The Tronchetto parking island, if you're arriving or departing by car or tour bus.

Tips:

  • The Comune di Venezia's interactive city map can help you locate WCs. Under "Select your services," go to "Services" and select the "Toilets & Nursery" checkbox.

  • If you're in Dorsoduro, head for Ca' Rezzonico near the Ca' Rezzonico vaporetto stop and use the impeccably maintained toilets in the lobby. The restrooms are free, even if you don't visit the museum upstairs, and they're located next to the gift shop and the cloakroom on the ground floor. (While you're at it, buy a ticket to enjoy this museum of 17th Century Venice in a restored palazzo.)

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